The opportunity to visit the WWT Slimbridge Reserve with the Rugby Natural History Society See Here was too good to miss. The trip by coach saw 40+ members enjoying the day, ably organised by David Knapp - thank you David. I'm always worried when visiting reserves which also hold captive species, never knowing if the birds seen are truly wild! The following images have all been taken from the "wild side"! Four year ticks in the form of White Wagtail, Swift, Avocet and Mediterranean Gull were pleasing as was my closest ever views of a drake Garganey and Common Crane (seven in total).
Black Headed Gull
Grey Lag Goose Family
Mute Swan; Grey Lag Goose; Canada Goose; Barnacle Goose; Shelduck; Mallard; Gadwall; Shoveler; Wigeon; Teal; Garganey; Tufted Duck; Pheasant; Great Crested Grebe; Cormorant; Grey Heron; Common Crane; Buzzard; Kestrel; Peregrine; Moorhen; Coot; Oystercatcher; Avocet; Little Ringed Plover; Lapwing; Redshank; Black Headed Gull; Mediterranean Gull; Herring Gull; LBB Gull; GBB Gull; Little Gull; Wood Pigeon; Feral Pigeon; Collared Dove; Swift; Skylark; Sand Martin; Swallow; Pied Wagtail; White Wagtail; Dunnock; Robin; Song Thrush; Blackbird; Blackcap; Sedge Warbler; Reed Warbler; Willow Warbler; Chiffchaff; Wren; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Magpie; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Rook; Starling; House Sparrow; Chaffinch; Goldfinch.